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Title: Loading Dock Safety

Loading Dock Safety
  • Safety Trainer
  • From
  • BLR
  • Horizon Goodwill
  • Safety Committee

Loading Dock Surfaces, Equipment, and Procedures
Can Be Hazardous
Hazards include
  • Slipping or tripping on wet, oily, or broken
    floor surfaces.
  • Falling off dock edges
  • Injuries from falls or unsecured dock plates
  • Injuries resulting from unchocked trailer wheels

Loading Dock Surfaces, Equipment, and Procedures
Can Be Hazardous
  • Illness or unconsciousness from inhaling carbon
    monoxide from trucks.
  • Back injuries from improper lifting and carrying.
  • Injuries from careless behavior around forklifts
    and other vehicles.

Keep Floors Clean, Dry, and in Good Condition
  • Place containers, packaging, tools, and other
    materials safely out of walking and driving
  • Clean up and properly dispose of trash.
  • - Place oily rags or other combustible
  • trash in closed containers.

Keep Floors Clean, Dry, and in Good Condition
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • - Alert trained responders to major spills.
  • - Follow material safety data sheet
  • for cleaning up a chemical spill.
  • - Watch out for dripping rain, melting ice,
  • Report any cracked or broken concrete or other

Keep Dock Plates in Place
  • Check dock plate load capacity to be sure it can
    handle your load.
  • Secure movable dockboards in position, so they
    wont slip.
  • Slide-dont drop-dock plates into position.

Take Precautions to Prevent Falls
  • Walk, dont run, on loading docks.
  • -Dont fool around or push someone,
  • even as a joke.
  • Stay away from loading dock edges.
  • Dont jump onto or off a loading dock.
  • Wear sturdy shoes with nonskid soles that support
    both the foot and ankle.
  • Watch where youre going.

Work Safely With Truck Trailers
  • Check that truck and trailer wheels are chocked
    before loading or unloading.
  • Make sure drivers turn off their motors to
    prevent carbon monoxide exposure.
  • - Invisible and odorless, carbon monoxide can
    be fatal.

Load and Unload Correctly to Prevent Injuries
  • Use forklifts, dollies, and other aids or get
    help rather than lifting by yourself whenever
  • -Never try to lift skids and pallets alone.
  • When you do lift, bend your knees and keep you
    back straight so your legs do the work (not your

Load and Unload Correctly to Prevent Injuries
  • Wear snug-fitting gloves that provide good grip
    when lifting, loading, and unloading.
  • Load hand trucks with heavy objects on the bottom
    and weight forward over the axle.
  • Balance and secure hand truck loads keep load
    height at a level you can see over.

Be Alert to Other Vehicles, Workers, and Materials
  • Dont try to ride on a forklift or distract the
  • Get out of the way when a forklift horn sounds.
  • Pay attention to materials on the dock that could
    fall or roll.
  • Wear eye protection, and hearing protection when
    required to protect against flying objects or

Additional Information
  • Look for more information on Loading Dock Safety
    and all safety topics from
  • The Safety Information section of the Employees
    Only website
  • E-mail, by sending a request to
  • safety_at_goodwill-hgi.org
  • Department or Location Bulletin Boards
  • Your Supervisor
  • A Safety Committee member
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